Jetstar Increases Carry-On Allowance, But It Comes With A Catch

Jetstar's new 14kg carry-on option is now in line with Qantas, but travelers shouldn't rejoice too soon.

Passengers traveling on some Jetstar flights are now able to double their carry-on allowance from 7kgs to 14kgs.

Jetstar's option to increase the carry-on allowance to 14kgs matches Qantas, who increased their carry on limits in March this year for all domestic and international flights, with the exception of domestic Dash 8 services.

The increase sees Jetstar beat rival budget airline Tigerair's offering, who allow for 7kgs of carry-on luggage with the option to increase to 12kgs.

Virgin Australia allows 7kgs carry-on allowance for standard fares.



Up, Up And Hooray! Qantas Increases The Weight Limit For Carry-On Bags

Good news jet-setters: the weight limit for carry-on baggage will double on all Qantas domestic flights.

However, like Qantas requirements, no single bag can exceed 10kgs, meaning if you purchase the 14kg option you must spread this over two bags.

The option to increase your carry-on to 14kgs is subject to availability. Photo: JETSTAR

Travelers who have purchased a flex bundle or business class ticket will automatically have a 14kg allowance.

But don't start booking those flights too soon. The add-on is not available on all routes and is also subject to availability, with Jetstar's website stating "If additional carry-on is sold out for your flight and your carry-on baggage exceeds your allowance, you’ll have to check in your carry-on baggage at a higher cost."

While the fee to double your carry-on allowance is as low as $19 for some domestic fares, international routes like Sydney to Bangkok or Manila attract much higher fees at an additional $67 and $107 respectively each way.